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With the COVID pandemic coming under control, lawmakers in the Hudson Valley and other Lyme disease hotspots hope attention, and money, return to tick-borne disease education and research.

Jessica Bugbee, Army veteran, during virtual press conference on Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program funding, Feb. 12, 2021
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State and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for New York to release funding to veterans organizations for a peer support program. Every year, they press for the funding, and every year, the funding is released. This year’s plea comes with a request that the funding become a permanent part of the budget.

NY Gov Signs Outdoor Rx Act For Veterans

Nov 14, 2020
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signed legislation that requires the state Division of Veterans’ Services to review issues relating to veterans' ability to access state parks, and facilities. A Hudson Valley assemblymember was a bill sponsor.

NY Gov Signs Bill To Address New Tick Threat

Dec 21, 2019
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A type of tick that could threaten New York’s livestock industry will appear on an invasive species list. The bill mandating the listing was signed into law this week.

A Dutchess County resident who is an advocate for policy reform around military sexual trauma says new legislation in New York concerning veterans is trailblazing. Her work and her story helped inspire the legislation that Democrat Didi Barrett sponsored in the Assembly.

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New York has a new law that pertains to veterans who have received a “less than honorable” discharge. A state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley authored the bill that extends eligibility for state benefits to these veterans.

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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants the state comptroller’s office to audit broadband providers. She thinks some may be missing the mark.

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Last week, New York state officials announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. A county executive in the Hudson Valley is joining the effort.

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A New York state assemblymember says the new budget includes money for a study on truck traffic in a Columbia County city.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

With New York state budget negotiations ratcheting up in the final days, myriad groups are advocating for their funding needs — including advocates who want money for fighting Lyme disease.

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood has relocated within Hudson, New York. And a few area lawmakers will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting Monday.

A New York state assemblymember has released a booklet celebrating Hudson Valley women.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state assemblyman from Queens was in Dutchess County Wednesday to learn more about a center that provides professional help for residents dealing with mental health, substance use and other issues. It’s the only such facility of its kind in the state and one that lawmakers say should be replicated.

NYS Assembly To Hold Hearing On Public Libraries

Dec 7, 2018
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The New York state Assembly is holding a hearing Friday in Albany on state libraries.

NYS Parks Will Put Up Tick Warning Signs

Nov 17, 2018

Warning signs about ticks will be installed at all New York state managed parks and campgrounds.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to keep protected farmland affordable and in the hands of farmers.

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State lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold additional public meetings and extend the comment period for a storm management proposal.

Lyme Disease Panel Yields Updates

Jun 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the summer season sets in, the Northeast is on alert for ticks. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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An Amtrak proposal to install fencing and gates near the Hudson River at sites in Columbia and Dutchess Counties is drawing opposition and a call for public hearings. Amtrak contends the fencing would keep out trespassers and enhance safety, while opponents say the fencing would limit access to the river and impact revitalization plans.

NYS Assembymember Urges Residents To #GetTickedOff

Dec 21, 2017

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has launched a public education campaign on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about ticks and their infections and boosting advocacy efforts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. The legislation also establishes minimum conditions under which petroleum-bearing vessels are authorized to navigate on the river.

Hudson Valley To Hold Sister Climate Marches

Apr 28, 2017

The Hudson Valley is the site of at least two sister marches to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced legislation aimed at safeguarding the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard has not yet decided how to proceed with the controversial proposal.

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There is money in the New York State Assembly budget concerning a carbon farming initiative. The Assemblymember behind the effort says she hopes the Senate and governor share her enthusiasm.

NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

Feb 15, 2017
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A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers.

Courtesy of Didi Barrett

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), who had toyed with running for the 19th District congressional seat in the fall election, announced Friday she will instead seek another term in the state legislature.

HV Assemblymember Puts Out Women's History Booklet

Mar 19, 2015
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A New York assemblymember from the Hudson Valley is celebrating women’s history month with the release of a booklet.

HV Congressmen Call On NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

Dec 4, 2014
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Two New York congressmen are the latest voices calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease treatment as state lawmakers wonder about the holdup.

Hudson Valley Congressmen Chris Gibson, a Republican, and Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, have teamed up to urge Governor Cuomo to sign legislation the state legislature passed in June that would essentially expand treatment options for patients suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Here’s Gibson.

NYS Assembly District Winner Emerges

Nov 22, 2014
Courtesy of Didi Barrett

Just more than two weeks after Election Day, a New York State assembly race in the Hudson Valley has an unofficial winner.

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A New York state Assembly race in the Hudson Valley has the incumbent declaring victory and the challenger not conceding.

In the 106th Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Didi Barrett has declared victory over Republican Challenger Mike Kelsey. Barrett says she looks forward to adding to her victory with the counting of absentee ballots. Barrett’s lead is by about 100 votes. Kelsey, a Dutchess County legislator, is not conceding, saying the race will be decided by absentee ballots. The district includes portions of northern Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

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